Ceyhan Delta

IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2004

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala EN winter 1993 191 individuals A1, A4i, B1i
Eurasian Wigeon Mareca penelope LC winter - 14,320-27,190 individuals A4i, B1i
Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus LC passage 1999 5,000 individuals B1i
Common Coot Fulica atra LC winter 1992 26,000 individuals B1i
Common Crane Grus grus LC winter - 22-86 individuals B1i
White Stork Ciconia ciconia LC passage 1990 12,439 individuals A4i, B1i
Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia LC passage 1999 300 individuals A4i, B1i
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta LC winter 1999 1,217 individuals B1i
Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus LC breeding - 600 breeding pairs B1i, B2
Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus LC winter - 356-805 individuals B1i
Spur-winged Lapwing Vanellus spinosus LC breeding - 10 breeding pairs B2
Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa NT winter 1992 1,289 individuals B1i
Dunlin Calidris alpina LC winter 1992 7,239 individuals B1i
Little Stint Calidris minuta LC winter 1996 2,200 individuals B1i
Little Tern Sternula albifrons LC breeding - 300 breeding pairs B2
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a winter - 30,000-71,000 individuals A4iii
A4iv Species group - soaring birds/cranes n/a passage 1990 12,439 individuals B1iv

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

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IBA Monitoring

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2016 high unfavourable medium
Was the whole site covered? Yes State assessed by Habitat
Accuracy of information good

Threats to the site (pressure)
Threat Level 1 Threat Level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Agricultural expansion and intensification annual & perennial non-timber crops - agro-industry farming happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) slow but significant deterioration high
Biological resource use hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - intentional use (species being assessed is the target) happening now some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Natural system modifications dams & water management/use - abstraction of ground water (agricultural use) happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high

Condition of habitat (state)
Habitat Habitat Detail Reference Area (ha) Actual Area (ha) % of habitat remaining % of carrying capacity (overall) Result
Wetlands (inland) Coastal lagoons 0 0 moderate (70-90%) moderate (70-90%) unfavourable
Wetlands (inland) Mud flats and sand flats 0 0 good (> 90%) good (> 90%) near favourable
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams 0 0 moderate (70-90%) moderate (70-90%) unfavourable
Wetlands (inland) Salt marshes 0 0 good (> 90%) good (> 90%) near favourable

Conservation actions taken at site (response)
Conservation Designation Management Planning Conservation Action Result
Most of site (50-90%) covered (including the most critical parts for important bird species) A comprehensive and appropriate management plan exists that aims to maintain or improve the populations of qualifying bird species Substantive conservation measures are being implemented but these are not comprehensive and are limited by resources and capacity medium
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IBA Protection

Protection status:

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Yumurtalik Lagoons Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 19,853 protected area overlaps with site 0


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Mud flats and sand flats, Rivers and streams, Salt marshes, Coastal lagoons -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Ceyhan Delta. Downloaded from on 24/09/2020.